Today was the day that the Lattitude volunteers had been building up to for the last five days - their first real taste of teaching. They had prepared an hour's lesson and this afternoon delivered it to our school's guinea pig students. They did really well, yet were honest enough to share their mistakes and feelings afterwards. One volunteer said, "I simply had no idea teaching was so complicated". Another confessed, "I used up my emergency activity and was still 15 mins from the end of the lesson." They all related how their hearts were pounding and the adrenaline was flowing, which I suggested was all part of the buzz of being a teacher. Tomorrow, we are spending the morning at a Middle School where I've been asked to teach a demonstration lesson for 150 students, watched by a dozen volunteers, a dozen teachers, school leaders and possibly a TV crew. No pressure there, then... bring on the adrenaline!
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